Illinois EPA seeks action after Cahokia tire fire

Illinois EPA seeks action after Cahokia tire fire

Illinois EPA seeks action after Cahokia tire fire

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Posted on April 13, 2013 at 3:52 PM

CAHOKIA, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois' environmental agency is seeking a court order to force a used auto parts company in southwestern Illinois to take action to prevent a repeat of a tire fire that broke out this week.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/XJSSd7) that the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday it would ask the Illinois Attorney General's Office to seek an immediate injunction.

Monday's fire at Marty's Used Car and Truck Parts in Cahokia started after salvage yard employees disassembled a recreational vehicle with a cutting torch.

Parts of the RV that were still burning ignited a pile of shredded tire wire and spread to sheds containing around 200 tires.

Among other steps, the agency wants the company to remove and properly dispose of all fire debris and other waste at the facility.

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